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Beta Gamma Sigma inducts newest members

April 24, 2012

The Tulane chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society recognizing business excellence, welcomed its newest members at a ceremony in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II on April 23, 2012.

Beta Gamma Sigma inductees included, left to right, Wendi Zeng (MFIN ’12), Jordan Lambert (PMBA ’12), Guanqi Li (MFIN ’12), Josh Rupert (MBA ’12) and Xuanhao Huang (MFIN ’12).

Beta Gamma Sigma is recognized by the educational and corporate communities as the highest recognition a business student can receive in a program accredited by AACSB International — the Association to Advance...

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Freeman hosts 16th Finance Case Competition

April 23, 2012

Student teams from Tulane University and six other schools put their valuation and financial analysis skills to the test at the 16th annual Rolanette and Berdon Lawrence Finance Case Competition. The competition, an annual presentation of Tulane’s A. B. Freeman School of Business, took place on Friday (April 20) in Goldring/Woldenberg Hall II.

Berdon and Rolanette Lawrence, left, and Freeman School Dean Ira Solomon, right, present this year’s first-place award to the team from Rice University.

In addition to Tulane, this year’s event featured teams from Emory, Rice, University of...

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Plan to turn algae into oil wins prize at business plan competition

April 16, 2012

A Freeman School-based venture with a plan to turn algae into crude oil was one of the big winners at Friday’s Tulane Business Plan Competition.

ReactWell’s Brandon Iglesias (MBA ’11, MFIN ’11) and Taylor Gilbert (MBA ’12), center, receive the grand prize in this year’s Domain Companies New Orleans Entrepreneur Challenge from company co-founders Chris Papamichael (BSM ’96), left, and Matt Schwartz (BSM ’99), right.

ReactWell, developer of a patent-pending technology that uses underground geothermal reactors to convert biomass into synthetic crude oil, earned the top prize at the...

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JPMorgan Chase chief optimistic about banking, business and the future of America

April 11, 2012

Big banks have gotten a lot of criticism in recent years—some of it deserved, says Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JP Morgan Chase, the nation’s biggest bank. But in an appearance at Tulane University on Monday, Dimon said he draws the line when critics try to paint all banks as part of the problem.

Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, spoke to students, faculty and invited guests at Tulane in an appearance sponsored by the Freeman School. (Photos by Sabree Hill)

“There were a lot of banks who, through thick and thin, stood tall and did the right thing,” Dimon said. “We...

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Business plan finalist has bright idea for cleaner drinking water

April 11, 2012

Jerrycans — 20-liter plastic containers ubiquitous in third-world countries — are a favorite for relief organizations because they’re so versatile for storing water or fuel and easily transportable. What if they could be adapted to work double-duty as a cheap disinfection device in areas with scant access to clean water? A medical student and a graduate student at Tulane University have a novel idea.

Medical student Olivia Chang and engineering grad student Alex Girau, founders of SODI-CAN, will compete for a $50,000 prize in Friday’s Tulane Business Plan Competition. (Photo by...
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Consortium meeting attracts top scholars in Latin America

April 05, 2012

More than 50 deans, administrators and scholars from business schools across Latin America converged on the Freeman School in March for the 13th meeting of the Latin American Research Consortium (LARC).

This year’s meeting of the Latin American Research Consortium attracted more than 50 deans, administrators and scholars from across Latin America.

The Freeman School founded the consortium in 1995 to promote scholarly research on Latin American markets and business institutions. In 2007, Freeman added a dean’s workshop to the program to enable senior administrators from...

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Elstrott honored with dedication of elementary school in India

April 03, 2012

John Elstrott’s name has been synonymous with entrepreneurship education at the Freeman School for more than 25 years. Now, thanks to a California-based company, Elstrott’s name is synonymous with education in rural India as well.

John Elstrott, top right, with students at the school named in his honor in Rajasthan, India.

In December, Traditional Medicinals honored Elstrott with the dedication of the Dr. John B. Elstrott Elementary School in Dayakaur, Rajasthan, India. The school, located approximately 120 miles from Jodhpur in the Thar Desert, is one of three built in India by...

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Greenbaum and Altman to be honored as Entrepreneurs of the Year

March 29, 2012

Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business will honor Jerry M. Greenbaum (BBA ’62) as Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year and Jay Altman as Tulane Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2012 Tulane Council of Entrepreneurs Award Gala, which will take place on Friday, April 13, at the Audubon Tea Room.

The Freeman School’s Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship presents the awards each year to highlight outstanding entrepreneurs in the community. The Tulane Distinguished Entrepreneur of Year Award honors individuals who embody the true spirit...

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Freeman expands relationship with China's Zhejiang University

March 27, 2012

The Freeman School has signed an agreement with China’s Zhejiang University to begin admitting students from its School of Management to the Freeman School’s Master of Accounting and Master of Finance programs.

Freeman School Dean Ira Solomon, left, and School of Management Executive Dean Xiaobo Wu signed an agreement in February outlining a host of joint programs and activities.

The new agreement, signed in February by Freeman School Dean Ira Solomon and School of Management Executive Dean Xiaobo Wu, expands a relationship the Freeman School had previously had exclusively with...

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Ideas growing for businesses that make a difference

March 23, 2012

Ventures with strong connections to Tulane University and the A. B. Freeman School of Business were big winners in last week’s 2012 New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, an event highlighting the city’s thriving startup community. Companies founded by Tulane staff, students or alumni won three of the five major contests, each winning a $50,000 cash prize, while many more participated as contestants throughout the week.

NanoFex CEO David Culpepper, left, is congratulated by Tim Williamson (BSM ’87), CEO of the Idea Village, after being selected as winner of the $50,000 Tulane Challenge during...
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Burkenroad mutual fund celebrates 10-year anniversary

March 11, 2012

The mutual fund based in part on the Freeman School’s Burkenroad Reports investment research program recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary with a pair of prestigious honors.

Peter Ricchiuti says the performance of the Hancock Horizon Burkenroad Small Cap Fund has been phenomenal.

Morningstar awarded the Hancock Horizon Burkenroad Small Cap Fund a coveted five-star overall rating, and Lipper ranked the fund as the second-best performer out of 303 funds in the small-cap core category over the last 10 years.

“It’s just a phenomenal story,” says Peter Ricchiuti,...

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Freeman professor to be honored at the White House

March 06, 2012

Sherif A. Ebrahim, adjunct professor of management, strategy and entrepreneurship, will be honored at the White House on Wednesday, March 7, as an entrepreneurial mentor and “Champion of Change.” Ebrahim is one of 11 individuals from across the nation being recognized for outstanding leadership in entrepreneurial mentoring, counseling and training.

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The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each year, a different sector is highlighted and groups of champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to...